Skip to content

News & Events

Open Textbook Workshop — stipend available for instructors

On behalf of UT, the University Libraries became members of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) in 2016. As part of our membership, OTN will present an open textbook workshop on campus. Instructors concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on students may apply to attend the workshop, sponsored by the UT Libraries and led by speakers from the OTN, including David Ernst (PhD, CIO for the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, and Executive Director of the Open Textbook Network).

If selected, instructors will receive a $200 stipend in return for their time, participation, and a post-workshop written review of an open textbook.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hodges Library 128
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 5

More information about the workshop and a link to the application form is available here: https://tinyurl.com/ut-opentextbook.

More information about open textbooks at UT is here: http://libguides.utk.edu/opentextbooks.

Writers in the Library: novelist Manuel Gonzales, 4/10

On Monday, April 10, novelist Manuel Gonzales will read at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

Manuel Gonzales is the author of the novel “The Regional Office is Under Attack!” and the acclaimed story collection “The Miniature Wife,” winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. A graduate of the Columbia University Creative Writing Program, he teaches writing at the University of Kentucky and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He has published fiction and nonfiction in Open City, Fence, One Story, Esquire, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and The Believer. Gonzales lives in Kentucky with his wife and two children.

Of Gonzales’s most recent book, The New York Times writes, “Gonzales’s prose is crisp, but fittingly looping and parenthetical, often doubling back on itself to offer a slightly different interpretation. The point here seems to be that there is no such thing as a simple story, because all stories are about humans, and no human is entirely knowable.”

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

###

Facebook: Writers.in.the.Library
Twitter: utklibwriters

Taiwanese Women and Film: lecture, film screening

Tze-Lan Sang will present a lecture on Taiwanese women and documentary films Monday, March 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., at the McClung Museum. A film screening, exhibit, and reception are planned in conjunction with her visit.

Tuesday, March 21

Film screening: “Let’s Fall in Love”
3:45-5:15 p.m., Hodges Library Auditorium

Monday, March 27
Meet 
professor Tze-Lan Sang
noon – 1:30 p.m., Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library
Lecture: “Gender and Media: The Case of Women Documentary Filmmakers in Taiwan”
3:30 – 5:00 p.m., McClung Museum

March 20 – March 31
Exhibit of books and films on women in Asia
2nd floor, Hodges Library

Sang is a professor of Chinese at Michigan State University and is the author of two monographs: “Documenting Taiwan on Film: Issues and Methods in New Documentaries” (Routledge, 2012), and “The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China” (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

 One week prior to her visit, there will be a screening of “Let’s Fall in Love” (Wuna Wu, 2008), one of the films she will discuss in her lecture. Her lecture and the film screening will be accompanied by an exhibit of books and films on women in Asia. This exhibit will include a section of books written by faculty in UT’s Asian Studies program.

SGA Open Education Award — Nominate Your Instructor

Is your instructor using an open textbook or other open educational resource so that everyone in your class can access teaching and learning materials? Nominate your instructor for the Student Government Association’s Open Education Award.

What makes open educational resources open? OERs are created by teachers and faculty and are licensed openly so that anyone may freely use them, read them, and build upon them. OERs can include open problem sets for practice, online tutorials open to anyone to view, and open textbooks, such as in the Open Textbook Library.

Is your instructor using OERs to increase student access to course materials, lessen the financial burden on students and their families, and mitigate the overall cost of receiving an education? This is your chance to give your instructor the recognition he or she deserves.

In the fall, UT’s Student Government Association passed legislation to establish an Open Education Award to recognize faculty members who make innovative use of open educational resources.

Any currently enrolled UT Knoxville student may nominate an instructor. Nominees will be judged on four criteria: overall educational impact, innovation in teaching and learning, economic impact on students, and quality of OER used.

Read more and nominate your instructor at tiny.utk.edu/open-educator-award. The nomination deadline is March 31.

The UT Libraries—which worked with SGA to establish the annual SGA Open Education Award—will host a reception to honor the winning faculty members on April 18.

Writers in the Library: Maria James-Thiaw and Bobby C. Rogers, 3/27

On Monday, March 27, poets Maria James-Thiaw and Bobby C. Rogers will present readings at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices on the literary scene today are invited to read.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

Maria James-Thiaw began bringing poems to life on stages during the spoken word revolution of the mid-nineties. Her works have been published in several journals including Cutthroat Journal of the Arts, Black Magnolias, Love Your Rebellion, the Spirit Speaks anthology, and others. She serves on the board of Philadelphia Stories and the Writer’s Wordshop. She is the author of three poetry collections including “Talking ‘White,’” which deals with issues of class and culture while celebrating our literary history. She is a professor of writing in the Department of English and Communication at Central Penn College in Pennsylvania.  

Bobby C. Rogers is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Union University.  His first book, “Paper Anniversary,” won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. In 2015, he was named a Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress by Poet Laureate Charles Wright. His new book, “Social History,” has just been released by LSU Press in their Southern Messenger Poets series.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

###

Facebook: Writers.in.the.Library
Twitter: utklibwriters

Geographic Info in the Age of Big Data: talk 3/27

Wade Bishop from the UT School of Information Sciences will speak on “Geographic Information: Organization, Access, and Use” on Monday, March 27. All are invited to his presentation at 3:30 p.m. in Room 213 of the John C. Hodges Library.

Geographic information (GI) in the context of big data creates new avenues of research related to its organization, access, and use, as outlined in a new book co-authored by Bishop. In this presentation, Bishop will give an overview of the background and challenges facing the preservation of GI, including:

• The roles of librarians, archivists, data scientists, and other information professionals in the creation of GI records for its organization, access, and use
• Geospatial data discovery, fitness for use, and meeting information needs
____
Bishop is assistant professor in the UT School of Information Sciences. He holds an MLIS from the University of South Florida and a PhD from Florida State University. His research focus is geographic information (GI) organization, access, and use, as well as the study of GI occupations, education, and training. Other research interests include physical access for users of Geographic Information Systems in US public libraries and the evaluation of services and resources in academic and public libraries.

Workshop: Intro to Health Sciences Resources, 3/23

Workshop:
Introduction to Health Sciences Resources
3:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 23
211 Hodges Library
Register at http://s.lib.utk.edu/healthsciencesworkshop 
or email health sciences librarian Melanie Allen at melanie-allen@nullutk.edu
 
Are you new to health-related research? Join our workshop to learn about health resources that are freely available online and through the Libraries’ website.

The UT Libraries subscribes to thousands of databases that give students and faculty free access to the scholarly literature, including many excellent sources in the health sciences. Learn to identify authoritative sources and where to find health statistics.

This workshop is for everyone, whether you are researching your personal health questions or conducting research for a class. Please RSVP and join us on March 23.

Writers in the Library Presents Poets Katherine Smith and Tanque Jones, 3/20

On Monday, March 20, distinguished poet, Potomac Review poetry editor, and UT alumna Katherine Smith will be reading from her collection, Woman Alone on the Mountain. The event is part of the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices on the literary scene today are invited to read.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

Katherine Smith’s poems voyage from Paris to Appalachia. The ride is smooth and entertaining, and the music of the language impressive. “Katherine Smith is a poet of the taste buds, the tongue, the fingertips. Her sensual music makes us long for love and ‘lavender honey’ in the South of France. But her life alone and with her [daughter] in America is painted richly too,” E.S. Morgan wrote, about Smith’s “Argument by Design.” “The poet astounds by her incredible range,” Richard Jackson agreed. Smith’s new book focuses on strong women living in our mountains. Katherine Smith received her MFA from the University of Virginia. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares and Missouri Review, among scores of journals.

Opening for Katherine Smith will be Tanque Jones, one of the first poets to receive an MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2014. Her first book, Woman in Transition, was published by WordTech in 2014. In this sultry, hard-hitting collection, the poet is a truth-teller, speaking of race and class in East Tennessee, embodying strength and honor. But first and foremost Tanque Jones is a love poet, singing the blues.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

###

Facebook: Writers.in.the.Library
Twitter: utklibwriters

Steam Pipes to be Replaced next to Hodges Library

Underground steam pipes next to Hodges Library are scheduled for replacement. Work will begin March 13 and continue through the summer of 2017.

During the project:

  • Both ground floor entrances to Hodges Library will remain open.
  • The sidewalk along Volunteer Blvd., between Melrose Ave. and the pedestrian mall, will be closed throughout the project.
  • The crosswalk between Hodges Library and the College of Business will remain open with only brief interruptions.
  • The southbound lane of Volunteer Blvd. closest to Hodges Library will be closed to traffic throughout the project.

Library Workshops, Spring 2017


ORCID: Your Lifelong Digital Signature

  • Tues., Feb. 7, 3 p.m., Pendergrass Library
  • Wed., March 8, noon, Pendergrass Library
  • Tues., March 28, 2 p.m., 211 Hodges Library

All About Audio (and What the Libraries Has to Offer)

  • Wed., Feb. 15, 1 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Mon., Feb. 20, 1 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    Interested in oral histories? Podcasting? Musicmaking? There are a plethora of ways to use audio for research and creativity activity . . .and the libraries are here to help you along the way. Join our media literacy librarian and digital humanities librarian for a hands-on workshop about tools, software, and techniques to help you get started with your audio projects.

Research Posters: A Step-by-Step Primer to Design, Printing, & Presentation

  • Wed., March 22, noon, Pendergrass Library
  • Tues., April 11, 3 p.m., Pendergrass Library
    Poster sessions in classes and at conferences are a way to visually convey your research. This workshop will offer you the basics in design, content, and printing resources. Need to make a poster? Bring your laptop to get started or to get feedback on your design. To register for the workshop, email Caroline Zeglen at credmon1@nullutk.edu.

Introduction to Endnote

  • Wed., Feb. 1, 3:30 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Fri., Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Wed., March 1, 3:30 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    Learn how to format your citations automatically. Create a library of your citations and insert them in Microsoft Word papers. Store PDFs as well. This hands-on class will get you started using Endnote.

Introduction to Health Sciences Resources

  • Thurs., March 23, 3 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    Are you new to health-related research? Please join us to learn about health resources that are freely available online and through UT Libraries. To register for the workshop, please email Melanie Allen at melanie-allen@nullutk.edu.

Introduction to Video

  • Tues., Feb. 21, 11 a.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Wed., Feb. 22, 1 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    This pre-production workshop is intended to help you or your class get your project planned and prepared for editing. The class will include basic information about planning and storyboarding your project, copyright and fair use issues, services and equipment available in the library, and other pre-production details. The workshop includes a basic introduction to the editing interface of your choice of editing software: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or iMovie (will be negotiated with those who register). This workshop can be adapted for a specific type of video or project. To register, email Michelle Brannen at brannen@nullutk.edu.

Copyright, Plagiarism, and Avoiding Research Misconduct in the Publication Process

  • Tues., Jan. 31, 3 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Wed., Feb. 22, 3 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    In addition to completing research, authors must contend with writing and publishing concerns such as self-plagiarism, dual submissions, copyright, and other thorny issues. This workshop is an overview of basic publication ethics followed by a discussion, so bring your questions.

Open Access Publishing and Predatory Journals

  • Wed., March 1, 12:15 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Thurs., March 30, 12:30 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    Learn how to evaluate publishers, discover tools to find journals that meet good publishing standards, and discuss why publishers are adopting “open” as a method of publication.

“Make Break”: Learn about 3D Printing at Pendergrass Library

  • Thurs., Feb. 16, 2 p.m., Pendergrass Library
  • Thurs., March 16, 2 p.m., Pendergrass Library
  • Thurs., April 20, 2 p.m., Pendergrass Library
    Are you curious about 3D printing? Have you ever wondered how to incorporate 3D design into everyday life and classroom projects? Students, faculty, and staff are invited to Make Break, 2-3 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, in Pendergrass Library. Make Break is an interactive tour and demonstration of the library’s makerspace and 3D printing technology. Participants will be entered into a raffle for a free 3D print of up to $25 value. Raffle winners will be announced at the end of the semester and receive a consultation on choosing or designing their 3D object. To register for Make Break, email Richard Sexton at jsexton3@nullutk.edu.

Finding, Understanding and Applying Information About Healthy Eating

  • Wed., March 22, 5:30 p.m., Pendergrass Library
    Library resources, tips, and tricks to promote healthy eating! To register for the workshop, email Caroline Zeglen at credmon1@nullutk.edu.

Lighting Basics

  • Fri., Feb. 10, noon, Studio (235 Hodges Library)
  • Fri., Feb. 24, 2 p.m., Studio (235 Hodges Library)
    Working on a video or photo project? Need to improve your lighting? This workshop will teach you basic lighting techniques. The workshop will also introduce you to equipment available for checkout from the library and how to utilize that service.

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.